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Tatupu lands in Atlanta

Post by Eric Williams on March 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm with 22 Comments »
March 10, 2012 4:36 pm
Seattle Seahawks Lofa Tatupu (51) celebrates scoring a touchdown on an interception return with teammate Junior Siavii (Ted Warren/AP).

After trips to New Orleans, Tennessee and Atlanta, former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu has found a new home.

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Tatupu has agreed to contract terms with the Atlanta Falcons.

Tatupu, 29, worked out for the Falcons on Friday. The three-time Pro Bowler sat out all of the 2011 after refusing to restructure his contract with Seattle and asking for his release during training camp.

Tatupu now teams up with former San Francisco head coach Mike Nolan, now the defensive coordinator in Atlanta.

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  1. Right ON!!! Wish you all the best.

  2. Good luck, Lofa.

  3. Palerydr says:

    Luck to you Tatupu specially since we don’t play Atlanta next year.

  4. Southendzone says:

    Great news! Kick some ass down in the NFC South Lofa.

  5. JazBadAzz says:

    Good luck, you got your work cut out for you in the nfc south buddy!

  6. Dukeshire says:

    Absolutely, all the best Lofa. You are a warrior and I’ve always respected you. Here’s to hoping for health the rest of your career.

  7. I wish Tatupu the best. I really hope he’s healthy once again, and can return to his Pro-Bowl, if not All-Pro, form. And I hope he doesnt get hurt more and end up gimpy in his old age, like so many NFL players who linger too long.

    Atlanta was smart to sign him. Im still baffled that the Patriots werent after him; they got 8 years out of Seau, long after I was sure he was totally washed up.

  8. Dukeshire says:

    8 years?! Did they even get 4? The case for Lofa to NE would be his father having played there. Regardless, I’m happy he’s back in the league.

  9. Seau played for seven years after leaving San Diego, three with the Dolphins, four with New England.

    http://www.nfl.com/player/juniorseau/2502886/profile

  10. Let’s turn back the clock to 1998. How many first-round picks would you trade to get the right to draft Peyton Manning (assuming his career would be exactly the same as it was the Colts)? I think some teams would give up four. Which doesn’t seem like that much, considering what the Raiders gave up for a past-his-peak Carson Palmer.

    Whether the Redskins gave up too much for RGIII won’t be known for another five years, at least. If he turns into a great one, those three first rounders will be well worth it. Had Carroll and Schneider made the same deal, I’d be pretty excited. But then I was also excited when Ruskell drafted that can’t-miss All-Pro Aaron Curry.

  11. The thing with us is that we couldn’t have gotten him for our 1 and 2 this year and our 1 for the next two years (like Wash). The ‘Skins picked 6, we’re stuck at 12. We would have had to have given more than what they gave. Maybe the Rams would have made that trade? Sure, they would have potentially given a team in their division a QB, but they also wouldn’t be getting any high draft picks to help build around that guy.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    Can – STTBM said NE got 8 years out of Seau. Incorrect. Miami was not mentioned. Nor was how many years Jr had in the tank after SD. His is a completely false argument.

  13. Yeah, Duke, I agree. I couldn’t remember how many years NE got out of Seau, so I looked it up. Eight did seem like a lot. I’ll be surprised if Tatupu plays more than four years.

    By the way, I hate how the Peyton-leaves-Colts situation is portrayed. If Peyton wanted to continue playing for the Colts, he could have — he just needed to accept a major pay cut or an incentive-laden contract. The Colts gave him $26 million last year for nothing. So why couldn’t Peyton have accepted a $5 million contract. Then they could have fitted him and Luck under the salary cap. But Peyton wants two things: (1) a shot at the Super Bowl; and (2) lots of money. Peyton already has his ring, he could have retired as a Colt.

  14. maddog12 says:

    I am starting to get a little worried about free agency. We have only signed Lynch (a big signing) but many remain unsigned, like Bryant and Hawthorne. “Letting them test the waters” could result in them both going for a one way swim away. I suppose it is to late to sign them now so we will just have to wait.

    I have faith in our front office but both of these are bright shinny commodities that I believe will draw attention.

  15. Macabrevity says:

    Good luck Lofa, and thanks for all the great years here in the Pac NW.

  16. jarred767 says:

    Something I was thinking about today and haven’t really heard anything about it, but has Indy come out and said for certain that they’re gonna draft Luck? I know it seems like he’s the consensus number one pick, but with the trade that Washington just made to presumably get RG3 and what they gave up for him, I bet the thought has gone through their heads that maybe he might be the better of the two.

    I’m not sure what Bruce Arian’s (Indy’s Offensive Coordinator) offense looks like specifically – other than he likes to pass the ball as was proven in Pittsburgh the last few years – but can it be tailored to either Luck or RG3? They have no one else from their old system anyway (cut D. Clark, and J. Addai, and J. Tamme, P. Garcon, and A. Gonzalez are all free agents – along with half their starting line) so everyone on their offense is going to be learning a new system anyways.

    Is it outlandish to think Indy might surprise people and go with RG3 instead of Luck? Just a random thought I had today and thought I’d throw it out there.

  17. jarred767 says:

    maddog: I was thinking that too, but then I realized that it’s pretty much the same with almost any team you look at right now. This might be the closest I have followed the offseason, so I’m not sure if it is normal or not, but other teams are in the exact same boat as us, if not worse.

    Check out these links and you can see that there are many teams who haven’t signed anyone yet and have cut way more players.

    http://www.profootballweekly.com/2012/03/10/afc-free-agent-moves-by-team-3

    http://www.profootballweekly.com/2012/03/10/afc-free-agent-moves-by-team-3

    It seems like a lot of guys like to test the waters in free agency and I’m sure that teams feel the same way about potentially upgrading a position with someone else before signing back one of their own to a long-term contract. Things should pick up a lot come Tuesday.

  18. MadSweeney42 says:

    Good for Lofa. I honestly think Stephen Jackson ruined Lofa’s career. He tried to bulk up to face SJax twice a year and ended up hurting himself. Outstanding football mind, outstanding athlete, outstanding leadership, but overall just too small to be a great longtime football player. I wish him the best though, I’e liked him since USC. If he goes into coaching after his career I think he’ll have an even better career. Good luck Lofa.

    Oh yeah, SIGN RED!!!!!!

  19. CDHawkFan says:

    Duke/Chuck/Bobby/anyone, do you guys know if ‘testing the market’ allows the former team some benefit (like part of the contract not hitting the cap, or some crazy thing like that)?

    The only benefit I can think of is a ‘your not worth what you think your worth’, kind of an experience for the player.

    It just seems if I was in position to negotiation with 1 person one-on-one, why would I want/let the person put that item up on E-Bay. Obviously if its too much, its too much, but it seems to happen often. I know its the players right to shop, but just wondering if there are benefits to the team (maybe its the compensation of a draft pick vs the market rate that is in the teams mind).

  20. Dukeshire says:

    That’s basically right. Allowing you own FA to “test the waters”, and not re-signing them before their contracts expire, is a way to allow the market to determine their value. That way your nor bidding against yourself. Often, teams will offer a contract but not negotiate with a player. That player can then guage other teams’ interest as a measure.

  21. bayareahawkfan says:

    In all the noise regarding Manning’s visits to DEN and AZ this weekend, I was thinking SEA was pretty much out, but then I heard that although no visit is “scheduled”, Manning’s been in contact with Seattle throughout the weekend:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/JayGlazer/status/178634395056472065

    The consensus after a little digging is that he may visit Seattle if he’s not knocked out by DEN or AZ.

    Not sure if I’m still holding out hope or ready to move on, but the next two days should be fun!

  22. HawkfaninMT says:

    It isn;t just the teams “fault” that a player is not re-signed. They are under no obligation to re-sign with a team. Maybe they want to “test the waters” and see what it is like…

    Can’t lay all the blame on the FO for an FA wanting to see what FA is like

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